Jun 302017

I had a prostate exam yesterday.

I know…thanks for sharing…

The location of the prostate is an obvious design flaw in the creation…it should have been located in some place with easy access and no embarrassment or discomfort.

Perhaps on top of our heads or behind a knee…anywhere except where it is.

It’s like God had this extra part He had to stick some place…so He stuck it some place…so to speak.

My doctor hates examining them almost as much as I hate being examined.


Unfortunately, it is both prudent and necessary to do the exam once a year, so after ten years I conceded to having it done again.

Early discovery can save your life…

After the ordeal was over I commended myself on my bravery and humility.

You’re never more humbled or brave than when you’re bent over a table with nothing on waiting for the sound of your doctor slapping on a latex glove.

It occurred to me on the way home that this probably isn’t a design flaw after all.

I think He did it on purpose.

God has a history of going after the most sensitive and private parts of a person…a prostate exam is a day at the ballpark compared to what an adult male convert to Judaism endured.

I’ll take what I went through yesterday over circumcision every time.

Just as a side thought, if God still required circumcision for converts to Christianity, my guess would be that it would have a chilling effect on crusade evangelism.

I digress…

God is always probing those places we want to cover up out of shame, guilt, and embarrassment, not physically, but spiritually.

He’s finding the cancers to our souls before they grow and bring death to us in the places they’re hiding.

It’s always painful and we put off the exams even when we know we have the symptoms that say something is wrong.

He is relentless because He loves us too much to allow us to be consumed by our sin.

My exam at the doctors office showed no problems.

The one with God did.

For my sake, I need to drum up the bravery and humility to let Him continue the exams.

Actually, He will provide both…and His tool of choice is grace, not a knife.

I just have to show up ready to be exposed again.

Early discovery can save your life…

Go and do likewise…you have symptoms too.

Make your own application…




  21 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. Makes you long for cat stories šŸ˜‰
    But as usual it is a good reflection

  2. Michael, those who have gone through a prostate exam understand perfectly what you are saying. Those of us who have endured the other process you describe understand perfectly what you are saying.

  3. Thanks, BD, thanks, Rick. šŸ™‚

  4. good TGIF because, frankly God is quite down to earth – are dignity and pride synonymous?… that said, you men have it easy and that’s enough said on that šŸ™‚

    i think the key to surviving the revelation that God sees all and knows all about us, without crumbling into a pile of useless human jelly, is to agree with Him and move on, knowing that He accepts us and still thinks we can do better with His help

    thanking God for one less health problem on Michael’s plate now

  5. Michael,
    All kidding aside, glad you had the exam, glad for good outcome, thankful for your health!

  6. The header should have read “TMI” instead of “TGIF” šŸ˜‰

  7. Great to hear the good news. The rest is hard and can be confusing but if that’s what is necessary then His Will be done.

  8. We are all glad the whole issue is behind you now… šŸ™‚

  9. Looks like Michael pulled this TGIF right out of his……. šŸ™‚

  10. Michael, you are braver than you know. Glad you are getting check ups and doing well.

    Great comment BD.

    Incidentally, for the TMI column, we gals have endured a whole lot of these sorts of indignities…. hence, the saying ‘you can never be too rich, too thin or too close to the end of the table”. ugh. hahahahaah

  11. KevinH LOL!

    Michael, you are a talented writer/blogger, only you could turn that experience into a teachable spiritual lesson LOL

  12. #11 – i think i have to agree with those words šŸ™‚
    he’s gifted… i feel sorry for all the folk who don’t stop by PhxP regularly

    Lord, we need Michael and he so needs Your mercies now…

  13. Glad things are healthy for you in that area big brother.

    Still praying for surfer51, david, and james, John20:29’s cousin. May God have the same mercy

  14. Love you big brother

  15. In regards to…if God still required circumcision..and the potential impact on mass evangelism events:
    It would be hopeless trying to sing, Just As I Am, with a strait face.

  16. That was a fine Friday night chaser. Well done.

  17. For those of us who only got the exam twice, 40 years apart, it didn’t go so well. Stage four end of life cancer battles suck. Although through the prayers of my Christian friends and family my PSA has gone from through the roof 203 down to 1.2 last blood test. Dudes get the unit checked! Ya…God put the darn thing in a hard to get at place, especially weird access door or sure.

  18. Been praying surfer and it’s always good to see you here.

  19. It’s always a hoot.

    Even more uncomfortable when the doctor is obviously weirded out by it as well.

    I agree with em… though,

    My wife has brought me along to her appointments a few times. Thank You God for puttin’ the stem on the apple

  20. “Just as a side thought, if God still required circumcision for converts to Christianity, my guess would be that it would have a chilling effect on crusade evangelism.”

    This just seriously cracked me up! šŸ™‚ I can picture it fully: “Just repeat this prayer after me…..” followed by “Now follow the man holding up the giant machete to the booth to your right and drop your drawers.” HAHAHA

  21. It is especially humiliating to have a sadistic MD of the opposite sex doing it. I know why my wife has a woman OBGYN.

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